15 things Canucks and Bruins fans can agree on

You may have noticed over the last few days that fans of the Boston Bruins and fans of the Vancouver Canucks disagree on a lot of things, such as the anatomical location of knees. All this animosity was briefly entertaining, but it has quickly grown tiresome instead as fans on both sides seem to have forgotten basic human decency, such as viewing fans of other teams as human.

That’s why I think it’s time to find some common ground. I’m guessing that Canucks and Bruins fans, being fellow members of the human race, actually have a lot more in common than either group thinks.

Here are 15 things that both Canucks fans and Bruins fans can agree on:

1. Zdeno Chara is tall.

2. Both owe Brian Burke a debt of gratitude for his role in building their teams.

3. Baby animals are adorable.

4. No one likes the Montreal Canadiens. Not even Canadiens fans. Now, if they had more francophones…

5. The Cam Neely trade was a bad deal for the Canucks.

6. The Joe Thornton trade was a bad deal for the Bruins.

7. Bobby Orr was pretty good at hockey.

8. Jar Jar Binks is an abomination unto the Lord.

9. The New York Yankees suck.

10. Boston Cream is the best cream. If there were a Cream Dream Team, Boston Cream would be team captain.

11. Louis C.K. is a national treasure.

12. The other team’s media is the most homer, biased media in the NHL.

13. Gary Bettman looks like a toad.

14. If there are three unoccupied urinals in a bathroom, the only incorrect choice is the middle one.

15. The Dropkick Murphys are awesome.

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45 comments

  1. Scott Brown
    January 11, 2012

    Also … sometimes you DO want to go where everybody knows your name

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  2. Dave LaPointe
    January 11, 2012

    Ugh…

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  3. Spencer
    January 11, 2012

    Agreed.

    *group hug*

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  4. DanD
    January 11, 2012

    Would it help if Canucks fans agreed to start hating the New York Jets as well? That might go a long way to healing some divisions.

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    • Rituro
      January 11, 2012

      Already there. As per Liz Lemon, I hate all New York-based sports teams.

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  5. supermike
    January 11, 2012

    herp + derp

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  6. Brad
    January 11, 2012

    That “cute” baby giraffe is in Bruins colours! How dare you! “Pass It To Bulis” more like “Pass It To Bucyk”!

    I have to go pumble something now.

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  7. Kit
    January 11, 2012

    I went to a Dropkick Murphys show this summer. It was emotionally trying.

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  8. Origamirock
    January 11, 2012

    16. Have players Mike Milbury traded away prematurely

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  9. Ahlu
    January 11, 2012

    Origamirock: we both have premature Milburbies.

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  10. sarah
    January 11, 2012

    Seems like an awful lot of Boston things Vancouver people like. Isn’t there anything that’s visa versa? Like Yoga? Or Sushi? Or Granville Island Pale Ale? Or Lululemon pants? Or hiking? Or AquaBus? Or the donuts from that place in Deep Cove?

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    • sarah
      January 11, 2012

      Or the X-files?

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  11. Deano
    January 11, 2012

    Forgot the obvious two.

    Both teams deep down want to see a rematch in this year’s finals. Also a 2013 Winter Classic Boston at Vancouver would be great. Imagine the material caught in the 24/7 show for that one.

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    • Kyle
      January 11, 2012

      That would require Vancouver getting a winter next year.

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    • Steve NH
      January 12, 2012

      We have a bingo…imagine the amount of ‘beep’ that would be required for the Saturday morning version!

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  12. Rich Bruins Fan
    January 11, 2012

    And what’s not to like about Michael J. Fox.

    How about Barry Peterson as best combo Canuck/Bruin?

    And Pavel Bure in Sega Hockey 94 was sensational.

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    • Nee
      January 11, 2012

      I dare anyone to say they don’t like Michael J. Fox. Or Terry Fox. Any foxes really. They’re all great.

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    • Zach Morris
      January 12, 2012

      apart from Fox “News”

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  13. zak
    January 11, 2012

    17(?) i wonder…what if the ref had called a penalty before Brad hit Sami? No major, no injury, no suspension? Could we age on that? Could we agree to blame the ref?

    I don’t expect agreement here. The Raymond hit has similarities but the difference is Raymond has no intent to hit and really brad initiates both hits.

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  14. James W.
    January 11, 2012

    I was at a festival this summer, shortly after the finals, and the Dropkick Murphys were there. They were selling Bruins-related shirts, that was a hybrid Murphys/Bruins logo on the front, ond “BITE THIS BURROWS” on the back, with a Stanley Cup replacing one of the I’s.

    Sooooo… yeah…

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  15. Ben
    January 11, 2012

    How about Ryan Kesler is awesome…? No Bruins fan would disagree.

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  16. akidd
    January 11, 2012

    i dunno about the thorton trade. some bostonians seem pretty happy with joe being right where he is. only with ‘the finger incident’ did a few pangs of remorse surface.

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    • Rich in RI
      January 11, 2012

      The problem with the trade is the return Boston got, only Andrew Ference is the remaining piece – coming to Boston in a trade with Calgary for Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart (two acquisitions from SJ). But, it cleared cap space for Chara and Savard. And winning the Cup cured all previous screw-ups.

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  17. gog
    January 11, 2012

    When talking about a common ground for Canucks and Bruins, I can’t help but think about the Downgoesbrown post written just prior to game 7 last spring. Some parts might hurt for Canucks fans, but I still think it’s awesome.

    http://www.downgoesbrown.com/2011/06/detailed-look-back-at-game-seven-which.html

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  18. RU Serious?
    January 11, 2012

    Hilarious! I’m so sick of all of this ridiculous rubbish, it’s incredibly childish. Well past the time to move on….

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  19. New Englander
    January 11, 2012

    How about 1. The Canadian National Anthem is so much cooler than ours
    2. Hockey is awesome
    3. The Habs suck. I know it was previously said, but it bears repeating.

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    • Nee
      January 11, 2012

      Also: it’s fun up beat up on Toronto!

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  20. stathead
    January 11, 2012

    How about this one? Was surprised Marchand actually came out to set the record straight on Weise; since he agrees with Weise on this, it is technically a point where Bruins and Canucks agree.

    Just posting in a few places this quote I just stumbled across even though it’s well after the fact. This is partly because I would like poor Weise’s name cleared as I do think he was just doing his best and had already fought once that period, and in the video to me he really does look a bit caught off guard. And also because I am new to hockey and think it’s crazy that a man gets so much more vilified for this than for a turnover that leads to a winning goal by another team. (Boys. Sigh.)

    “Bruins forward Brad Marchand, making his regular appearance on WEEI with Mut and Merloni, revealed Wednesday that Bruins forward Shawn Thornton knew that Vancouver forward Dale Weise was not trying to fight him in the first period of Saturday’s game.

    Weise extended a challenge and appeared ready to drop his gloves prior to a face-off in the opening period, but when Thornton dropped his gloves at 14:58 of the period, Weise, who had fourth Nathan Horton earlier in the period, kept them on. Though at first glance it appeared Weise was using a cheap tactic to sucker Thornton into a penalty, Marchand said Wednesday that the challenge was indeed being extended to Adam McQuaid, and that Thornton jumped in to “surprise” Weise.

    “I’m going to clear it up for everyone who’s listening,” Marchand said. “It was actually a really sneaky play by Thorty. Weise was trying to fight McQuaid, who was standing behind Thornton on the point. McQuaid was going to fight him. So, Weise was yelling and saying, ‘Yeah, let’s go, let’s go.’

    “Thorty just figured that at that point he’d drop his gloves and surprise Weise. And the ref just kind of heard Weise yelling ‘Let’s go’ and thought he was talking to Thorty and conning him into a penalty. Thorty kind of surprised him when Thorty dropped his gloves. Weise had no idea Thorty was going to do that.”

    Added Marchand: “Him and Quaider know each other a bit from the minors and I think junior as well. They might have went at [it] there.”

    Marchand’s words corroborate Weise’s story, as he told reporters prior to Monday’s game that he was trying to fight McQuaid.

    Thornton expressed confusion by the play following the game, though he did suggest that Weise could have possibly been looking to fight McQuaid. Both players were given unsportsmanlike conduct minors for the ordeal.

    “Oh, he said ‘let’s go’,” Thornton said after the game. “I don’t know if he was talking to me or someone else but [referee Dan O'Rourke] heard him and [referee Don] VanMassenhoven heard him and that’s why he went with me I’m assuming. I mean, you’ll have to ask him. But Donny said, “wait until the puck drops” and I said “of course”. I heard him say ‘we’ll go’, maybe he was talking to McQuaid or I have no idea. But, I thought it was, obviously thought it was go time.”

    Thornton added Tuesday night on Comcast Sports Net that he wanted to fight Weise because he was among the players who jumped him when he was drastically outnumbered 3:54 into the game.”

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  21. Tom
    January 11, 2012

    Bruce Arthur`s column today is really good. I lol`d.

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  22. Rich in RI
    January 11, 2012

    Recent one-word movies titles from Boston: “The Departed”, “The Fighter”, “The Town”

    Vancouver produced pre-enhanced Pamela Anderson.

    Edge…Vancouver.

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    • peanutflower
      January 12, 2012

      That was Ladysmith, actually

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  23. Jonathan in NH
    January 12, 2012

    I’d also say that as far as the game went, both sides can agree the refereeing Saturday wasn’t as good as we thought it could have been.

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  24. Jonathan in NH
    January 12, 2012

    Also, we can agree that if there was a Pizza Dream Team, Boston Pizza would NOT be the captain. It wouldn’t even be a starter, in fact, it might regularly be a healthy scratch.

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  25. Don_Rocko
    January 12, 2012

    >9. The New York Yankees suck.

    This! This! 1000 x This!

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  26. George from Boston
    January 12, 2012

    We can also all agree the Bruins are the better team this year 5 on 5. Canucks cannot count on the refs giving them the man advantage basically the entire game like the other day in the cup if these two teams meet again– which they will.

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  27. B's fan loving the misery
    January 12, 2012

    Nice story, but I’m still glad we got rid of Jumbo Joe. We used his $ for Chara and Savard (free agents). If they still had Thorton we would still be looking for a Cup because the team with the most ASSISTS doesn’t win. Thorton is soft, and when you’re the Captain and DUCK the media after losing to the Canadiens in the playoffs (after leading the series), then you got to go. Inexcusable behavior when you wear the C.
    Don’t care if he’s matured, he still doesn’t shoot, I still despise him, although he piles up a lot of points (assists) in the regular season.

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    • stathead
      January 12, 2012

      Um, the team with the most goals doesn’t win either. nor does the team with the most interviews.

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      • stathead
        January 12, 2012

        I mean in a playoff series as a whole, not in a single game ;)

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  28. Robomuffin
    January 13, 2012

    11. Toronto sucks way worse than either of us.

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  29. Robomuffin
    January 13, 2012

    12. Mike Milbury beats more than NY Ranger fans with his shoes.

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  30. MoodyMofo
    January 13, 2012

    Can we all agree that the Marchand hit on Salo was the EXACT SAME THING as this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIa81l1FsT0

    ???

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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 13, 2012

      Not even close, and the people claiming it is are misinforming you. Hamhuis’s hit was a hipcheck; Marchand’s was a low-bridge. Hamhuis led with his hip, as per a hipcheck; Marchand led with his shoulder, as per a low-bridge. Hamhuis connected at the thigh; Marchand connected at the knee. Hamhuis connected from the front; Marchand connected from the back. Hamhuis had no intent to injure; Marchand did (this from Brendan Shanahan’s suspension video, just not my subjective opinion). And Lucic wasn’t concussed on the play; Salo was.

      In closing: one was legal; the other was not.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      January 13, 2012

      Nope.

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  31. Charlie S.
    January 14, 2012

    I live in Boston and wanted to say that there is no Boston Pizza here. It must be a Canadian creation. First time I ever saw one was in a mall in Calgary.

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  32. unplugged_boy
    January 18, 2012

    #16. our mutual disdain for mark messier. it was then a young mark messier led oilers crushed bourque’s bruins once in 88 and again in 1990. and vancouver had 94… and we know how all the rest of that dark chapter went…

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